Which component to use for formatted search results?

Posted on 2006-10-21
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I'm working on an application which will search a database of English sentences and return the matching sentences. I want to display the results in a way that would enable me to easily copy individual sentences to clipboard. I also want to highlight the search terms in the sentences (in a way similar to Google search results). Which component should I use for that? (I'm using Borland C++ Builder 2006.)

I tried using TRichEdit, but I'm not sure how to output formatted text to it. And I guess it would be cumbersome to output the text first and then highlight the search terms by selecting the corresponding fragments of text and changing the font properties of the selection.
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kode99 earned 820 total points
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Check out the TAdvMemo component from TMS Software,  it may allow you do what you want easily.  Since it does syntax highlighting you can probably just adjust the syntax to match the search terms.

To use the TRichEdit you need to do some RTF formating which can be a problem when you are switching between RTF and plain text. Here is a link to the RTF specs,


So you can bold and do other types of RTF formatting by editing the TRichEdit contents.  I have found the easiest way to 'figure out' what you need to do for formatting was to create a doc in a word processor with examples of the formatting I wanted to use.  Then save to a RTF format file and then look at the file in a text editor to see the RFT formatting info.  Then you can just duplicate it in your program by inserting the formatting coding as needed.

Overall the TMS components are pretty good and up to date.  They also have some HTML components that might work well for what you want.  You can use HTML formatting,  probably allow you to duplicate the google results almost exactly.

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I read the RTF specification you provided and figured out how to do the necessary formatting. Thanks!

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